LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur during Carabao Cup Semi-Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on January 8, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Real Madrid have reportedly stepped up their pursuit of Christian Eriksen by offering James Rodriguez to test Tottenham’s resolve

The Danish playmaker’s current deal at Spurs will expire in June 2020 and talks over a renewal appear to have stalled in recent months.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future, however, Eriksen has not allowed it to affect his performances on the pitch with four goals and eight assists in 20 Premier League appearances for Spurs this season.

The 26-year-old’s situation in North London has reportedly captured the interest of Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Now AS reports that Los Blancos are set to test Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s tough stance over Eriksen by offering Colombian star James Rodriguez as a part-exchange deal.

After an impressive debut campaign on loan at Bayern Munich, James’ performances have tailed off somewhat this season under new coach Niko Kovac.

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In fact, James has only started five of his nine Bundesliga appearances at the Allianz Arena amid struggles with ankle and knee problems.

Bayern have an option to purchase James permanently at the end of this season from Real for €42m, which recently saw Kovac publicly urge him to improve and show them why they should sign him permanently.

“He’s playing for his future,” said Kovac prior to Bayern’s 3-1 win at Hoffenheim last Friday in the Bundesliga.

“Everyone, who wants a new contract, has to put in their best performances. That also applies to him, but I am sure he will do it.”

But it appears that Real already have other plans for James, who has also captured the interest of Arsenal, Juventus and Napoli.

Whether or not their latest plot to sign Eriksen comes to fruition though is another matter with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino keen to retain his star playmaker for a long time yet.